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GOLD AND MORE
SNOW FOR TODAY
Jack Frost Tightens Grip and
Portland Shivers in Real
FLOOD MAY FOLLOW THAW
Nine Inches More of Snow, Naviga
tion Stops, Car Service Grows
Worst, Schools Remain Closed
and Business Is Paralyzed.
WEATHER MTTATlOjr TODAY.
Mliil weather In Southern Oregon
cold m the northern part ef tha Mat
re battling- tor uprmcjr. Whlrh
will win la still In doubt, but District
Forecatcr Peal believe the torm
klnc will maintain hl trip on Port
lnd tor a day or two longer. Should
tha weather moderate, there I irava
dancer of aerloui flood In the Wil
lamette at Portland.
The Indication are for mow flur
ries and contlnaed cold In Portlcnd
nd rlclnlty today.
Streetcar eervlce throug-hont the
city wa rerr Irregular yesterday, but
large force of men were at work
olearlnc the track and last night
much better aerrlce wa promised for
O. R. A Jf.. Southern Paclfle Spo
kane. Portland Seattle and Ncr th
em Pacific train are coirlng
through, although generallr delayed
to aom extent by the bad weather.
With business seriously Interrupted and
shipping at a standstill, snow falling heav
ily during most of the day, streetcars
stalled throughout the city, the rivers
closed to navigation and the public schools
closed because of the excessive cold and
heavy snowfall, Portland experienced real
Winter weather yesterday. There is seri
ous danger of a flood In the Willamette
Rlrer. should the weather moderate sud
denly. Fortunately Portland keeps in communi
cation with all points outside without
trouble. The railway lines were not block
aded at any point last night, although
trains were generally delayed somewhat
by heavy weather. The snowfall Is be
lieved to be practically over, although
flurries are expected today, with contin
The lowest point reached during the day
was 13.4 by the Weather Bureau ther
mometer. It was expected last night that
the mercury would drop below 13 during
the night or this morning.
Cold Weather of Other Years.
There has been no colder weather in
Portland since January 15, 1207, when the
thermometer dropped to 13 degrees. On
January 2a. 1902. also, the thermometer
touched that figure. Late last night it
grew slightly colder, and It was thought
today would prove the coldest since Feb
ruary 4. ISM. when the mercury stood at
9 degrees above zero.
Nine Inches of snow fell yesterday. Dis
trict Forecaster E. A. Beals does not ex
pect much more snow. He believes the
cold will continue for the next 24 or 36
hours, there being no indications through
out the district of warmer weather.
The heaviest enow previous to the fall
yesterday was on January 2, 1SS6. when
there was IS Inches. Two days later raixv
fell and the snow melted fast. There was
a very heavy snow on January 26, 1S93.
continuing until February 8. On February
6 there was 19 Inches. The worst snow
storm recorded since the Weather Bureau
was established here In 1S71 was In 1S92.
By December 23 of that year, 24 Inches
had fallen, the greatest amount recorded
In the official archives.
Danger of Flood in Willamette.
It Is thought, however, that the present
storm will not equal these snow figures.
The snow is supposed to have practically
all fallen for the time biing. There is
great danjrer, however, of a serious flood
In the Willamette River, should a warm
rain come within the next S6 hours. The
streams of the Upper Willamette Valley
are already running banks full as the re
sult of heavy rains In that section of the
state. Should the heavy snow through
out the Lower Valley melt quickly, it
would swell the river to a dangerous
height and doubtless cause very great
damage and loss to chipping and commer
cial Interests here. Anxiety was mani
fested yesterday by business men who
have goods stored !n basements downtown,
and Forecaster Beals was interrogated
frequently as to flood Indications.
"When the now will melt." said Mr.
Beals, "cannot be told yet. But there Is
a strong likelihood of a freshet In the Wil
lamette If the thaw should come soon.
Heavy rains In the Upper Valley have
added to the flood danger."
Portland enjoyed to the full the rare
delights of slolehlng. coasting and snow
balling yesterday, nnd the youngsters had
a great time. Portland will probably con
tinue to lit ten to the Jingle of slelghbella
for a day or two longer. It was a puzzle
where all the cutters and sleighs came
from that were seen on the streets yes
terday. Public Schools Closed Today.
Both grammar and high schools of the
city will remain closed today because of
the severe weather.
St. John Is largely Isolated from the
outside world, the cars being Infrequent
from Portland yesterday, and the ferry
cross the Willamette at that point hav
ing been tied up. Mills of the down-river
town are all closed and business Is at a
The streetcar company Is Inclined to
blame teamsters for much of the delay
to cars about the city. No sooner do the
enngs of workmen f:t the snow shoveled
from the tracks on the downtown streets
than teamsters take advantage of th
cleared space to drive their teams, and
In this way more snow Is tracked onto
tlie rails and the work all has to be done
Throughout the day. the westher was
the chief topic of conversation. The heavy
snow, up t afternoon. pild up all over
the city, retarding pedestrians as well as
s-tret'-ars and teams. Gangs of men
shoveled the fleecy stuff Into great piles
at the street corners In the downtown dis
trict, and these made rare sights to Port
The thermometer of the Weather Bu
rran stood t 13.4 degrees above zero at
o'clock yesterday morning, and this
temperature continued until noon. By 3
P. M. It had risen to 14 degrees, and It
then got up to IS. the highest point
climbed during the afternoon. It was
thought late lnnt night that the thermom
eter would fall below 13 before this morn
ing. An unusual freak of the storm was that
the temperature at Walla Walla, 1O00 feet
above sea level, yesterday morning- at 10
o'clock, was 2 below zero. At Baker City,
3471 feet above the sea, it was 40 degrees
Streetcar Service in Bad Way.
With the exception of the" lnterurban
trolley lines, the city system was In bad
shape all day yesterday. The O. W. P.
division of the Portland Railway, Light
4 Power Company was practically on
time all day. however, and the Oregon
Electric Railway Company had no trou
ble, trains to Salem and Forest Grove be
ing about on time.
The city division of the trolley system
was In far wors plight. Service was In
frequent on all lines, particularly on the
branches into the Bast Side residence dis
tricts. However, the company directed its
efforts to keeping trunk lines open in
each general direction, and in this way
handled the business. For example, the
Washington-street lines were running all
day, but no cars were run regularly on
Seven snow plows were busy during the
day, together with three sweepers and a
few road graders, pulled by horses, that
swept the snow oft the tracks. Supplies
of rattan for the brushes, which wore out
quickly, were brought In by express yes
terday from Seattle. Tons of salt were
spread on the switches and tracks through
out the city yesterday, and this helped
melt the snow. An army of men armed
with shovels attacked the drifts on the
rails and shoveled them clear. The trou
ble with these gangs of men was that
they could not stand the weather for long
at a time. Two hours was the longest
most of them worked. Then they would
disappear. The trolley company hired
every man It could reach yesterday to
Business Reduced One-Half.
The snow of the past few days has
had a remarkable effect on business
throughout the city of all kinds. Stores
are not doing- 50 per cent of their nor
mal business. Banking housrea are de
serted and the clerks stand around Idle.
Theaters are gloomy -places with no
patronage to speak of, and even the
restaurants and saloons lack their usual
"The place Is deserted," said a promi
nent banker yesterday. "No deposits
are being made to speak of, nor are
there any withdrawals. Everyone Is
delaying transactions until they can got
about comfortably. The present condi
tion has about the same effect as a two
dav holiday. After it is over, there
will be a bl? rush of business. How
ever, the notes keep drawing Interest,
no matter how cold the weather or how
deep the snow. They do not get frozen
up. and we are not doing any worry
ing." Streets were almost deserted yester
day. In fact, probably there Is noth
ing that could happen In Portland that
would drive peoplo inaoors more gen
erally than the present storm. People
In this climate hate snow as heartily as
a hen does water. All not absolutely
compelled to got about yesterday stayed
Indoors and clung close to the stove.
Norwegian Sailors on Skis.
One of the'freak scenes of the "un
seasonable weather" was the appear
ance on Morrison street of two Nor
wegian sailors on skis. The two men,
with broad grins on their faces, fairly
flew over the heavy snow which was
making everyone else stagger and reel.
As they passed along many envious
glances were cast at them, and they
seemed, to enjoy the sensation they
Special Service to Vancouver.
Special service between Portland and
Vancouver will be inaugurated this
morning by the Spokane, Portland &
Seattle Railway, because of the tie-up
of the Portland Railway. Light & Pow
er Company's ferry across the Columbia-
River. Two additional trains will
be put on the local run. These, In ad
dition to the regular Northern Pacitic
and North Bank trains running- be
tween the two points, will give seven
trains each way daily. The new serv
ice will be operated today and tomor
row only, unless the need for them
continues longer. The following sched
ules will be maintained: Leave Union
Depot 8:30 A. M. and 2:J0 and 11:45 P. M.
Leave Hoyt-street Station 9:13 and
11:00 A. M., and 2:40 and 6:40 P. M. Re
turning, trains will leave Vancouver
as follows: 6:25, 6:50 and 10 A. M., and
1:00, 2:40, 4:45 and 8 P. M.
OFFICIAL WRATHKR REPORT.
Forecaster Beala Predicts Continued Cold
and bnow Flurries Today.
PORTLAND. Jan. 7. Maximum tempera
ture Its degree; minimum. 13-4. Kivur
read'lng at 8 A. M., 5.7 feet; change la iat
24 hours, rise 03 toot. Total rainfall. 6 P.
M to 3 P. M.. 0.41 inches; total since Sep
tember 1. 1108. 14.81 Inches; normal. 21.01
Inches; deficiency. 6.10 Inches. Total un-
hlne, January 6. nil; possible. 8 hour 48
minute. Barometer (reduced to ea level),
at 3 P. M.. 2.13 Inches. Snow on ground
5 P. M.. 9 Inche.
PACIFIC COAST WEATHER.
Observation taken at S P. M-, Pacific
time, January 7:
sv tt cloudy
se rt cloudy
A large high-pressure area with an at
tendant cold wave is central north of Mon
tana and a low-preisiire area extends from
Cape Flattery southeastward to the Great
Suit Lake Basin. Extremely cold weather
In consequence prevail In Washington,
British Columbia and Montana and un
usuallv warm weather prevail In Southern
and Eastern Oregon. Southern Idaho. Utah.
Nevada and Northern California. At Walla
Walla the temperature was ero at J P. M
and at Baker City, about 70 mile to the
south, the temperature wa 42 degree above
zero at the sain hour.
Heavy mow has fallen in the northern
portion of roe Willamette Valley. Washing
ton and along the Columbia ltiver Valley in
Oregon, while In the southern portion of the
Willamette Valley and In Southern Oregon
irodera;ei heavy rain fcaa fallen.- The
conditions are very unusual and It is not
certain whether the cold weather or the
mild weather will dominate In the outhern
portion of the distrltt during the next few
days, but the conditions apparently are the
most favorable for the cold weather to
prevail. The heavy rains have caused the
upper stretches of the Willamette river to
rise rapidly during the !at :ut hour and
should It continue to rise Friday special re
ports will be received and the pubiic ad
vised full regarding expected itagea.
Unusually high easterly wind occurred
all day on the Htralt of Fuca. warning of
which were Issued at 7:30 A. M.
The Indication re for mow Friday in
Eastern Oregon and Southern Idaho and
for light snow flurries In Western Oregen,
Washington and Northern Idaho, with con
tinued cold weather.
Portland ar.d vicinity Snow flurries and
continued cold; northerly wind.
Oregon onow f.urrie north, now and
colder south ar.d extreme east portion wltn
coil wave; northerly winds.
Washington Pnow flurrle west, probahly
fair east portion; continued cold; eaterly
'idaho Snow end much colder aouthern
portion with a cold wave.
EDWARD A. BEALS. District Forecaster.
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TITE MORNING OKEGOXIAy. FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 1909.
BLOCKED WITH ICE
Navigation Between Portland
and the Sea Is Brought
to a Standstill.
FLOES GORGE AT RAINIER
Jam la Solid as Tor Down as War
rior Rock Ice Is in L-arge Fields
and Fully Six Inches Thick.
Carmanian Has Hard Time.
Navigation between Portland and As
toria closed last night. An ice Jam
formed in the Columbia River below the
mouth of the Willamette, and as far
down as Warrior Rock the ice pack was
solid from the Oregon to the Washing
ton shore. Floating Ice was in evidence
as far down the river as Rainier. The
Ice pack was heaviest at Henricl's Land
ing. The floes were six inches in thickness
and some of them were as much as an
acre In area. The last steamer to get
through was the F. 8. Loop, which left
down yesterday afternoon.
The British bark Carmanian arrived
up last evening. She battled with the ice
with two tugboats during the greater
part of yesterday afternoon. The craft
was anchored Wednesday night at Hen
rici's, and the Ocklahama brought the
schooner William Bowden to Portland. In
company with the Harvest Queen she
returned to the Carmanian and the
united efTorts of the two craft could push
the bark through the Ice only at a snail's
pace. To make the six miles to the
mouth of the Willamette required mora
than two hours.
Potter Ties Up at St. Helens.
The steamer T. J. Potter, bound from
Astoria to Portland, tied up at St. Hel
ens and the passengers were sent to this
city by rail. The Potter is a sldewheel
craft and not fitted to buffet with the ice.
With the exception of master, chief en
gineer, purser, steward and fireman, the
crew of the steamer Bailey Gatzert was
laid off yesterday and the vesse placed
in Winter quarters. The Gatsert .eft yes
terday morning for Vancouver, but was
unable to make that point. She waa com
pelled to turn back at the Columbia River
bridge of tho Spokane, Portland A Seattle
Railway. Ice blocked the channel and it
was Impossible for the boat to force a
Willamette Frozen in Former Tears.
Captain Sherman, of the Gatzert, re
ports that the floating Ice was Tery heavy
and was encountered a short distance
above the mouth of the Willamette, The
floes were so solid and thick that the boat
shivered from stem to stern each time
one was struck. Pilots arriving up from
Astoria report heavy floating ice as far
down the River as Warrior Rock.
The steamers Dalles City and Sarah
Dixon are ice-bound In the upper canal
of the Cascade Locks. They will be
forced to remain there until the ice
breaks. Both vessels are In a safe place
and have plenty of fuel and stores on
board for a long spell of bad weather.
George H. Knaggs, an old steamboat
man, Is authority for the statement that
on January 7, 1862, the Willamette
River froze at Portland and teams
crossed on the ice, carrying heavy loads.
It continued closed to navigation for
three weeks. Nine years prior a similar
condition prevailed. The Willamette was
also frozen at Portland the Winter of
January 16, 1907. the Columbia River
was blocked solidly with Ice as far
down as St. Helens. The blockade con
tinued for eight days. The steamship
Columbia, bound to San Francisco from
Portland, was Ice-bound from Thursday
until the following Sunday, being final
ly liberated by the steamship Numantia,
which broke the ice from St, Helens
bar to a point above Warrior Rock. The
Numantia remained in the ice for eight
days. Marooned at St, Helens during
that period were the steamers Roanoke,
F. A. Kilburn and Alliance.
ALBANY SHIVERING AT 22
Eight to Eleven Inches of Snow Still
ALBANT. Or., Jan. 7. Speclal.) Ther
mometers stand at 22 degrees above zero
here tonight and the weather is getting
colder. The maximum temperature In the
past 48 hours was 34 degrees above and
the minimum was 19 above. The ground
is covered with irom 8 to 11 Inches of
snow in this city, depending on how much
It settled In the different localities in
the thaw yesterday. A total of 12 inches
has fallen here.
Chehalis County Camps Closed.
ABERDEEN, Wash.. Jan. 7. (Special.)
Snow in the Grays Harbor country con
tinues and Is now several Inches deep.
Sle'.jhing is good and la being enjoyed by
thousands of persons tonight in every
conceivable kind of rig. On account of
the snow and cold, work In nearly all of
the camps In the county has been sus
pended. If the weather continues It will
compel shutting down the mllla because
of a shortage of logs.
Hillsboro Report 14 Above.
HILLSBORO. Or.. Jan. 7. (Special.)
Nine inch's of snow on a level covers
Washington County. Indications are there
will be another light fall tonight. Four
teen above zero is the coldest within the
last 4S hours. The weather is now mod
erating. The lay of the country precludes
any damage whan the snow shall melt.
A great deal of good to Fall sown grain
Astoria's Levy Reduced.
ASTORIA, Or., Jan. 7. (Special.)
The County Court, at Its session this
afternoon, fixed the tax levy for county,
state, school, library and road purposes
at 18 mills, making a total of 35.8 ml'ls
on property within the city limits, as
against 57 mills on last year's roll.
Fourteen Inches at Corrals.
GERVAIS. Or., Jan. 7. (Special.) Four
teen inches of snow on the level covers
this section. Fanners are unable to get
out and the roads are unbroken. Old
timers say that in 1SS4 there were six
weeks of snow, and that in 1892 there was
another heavy snow fall of several days
Farmers Rejoicing; in Baker.
BAKER CITT. Or., Jan. 7. (Special.)
With a maximum temperature of 41
degrees, and a minimum temperature of
10 for the past 48 hours, and with snow
falling the greater portion of that time.
Baker City and community are experi
encing what is known aa ideal Winter
weather in Eastern Oregon. No damage
his been done to anything in this sec-
n.. D..Ah.n i' .a hnnnfer tndav than f
uuil. Atfi.i. v - - - r i (
for months. The snow tells a story of
heavy crops next season. A warm wind (
melted the snow rapiaiy loaay unm
nearly noon, when it became chilled,
freezing the slush into Ice.
Trains Delayed at Raymond.
RAYMOND. Wash., Jan. 7. (Special.)
The heaviest snow storm that has yet
isited this section of Washington is
now raging. The snow Is a foot deep
and still heavilv falling. The ther
mometer registers 20 degrees above
zero. Owing to deep snow the local
passenger train is delayed two hours.
Stormbound in Straits.
VICTORIA, Jan. 7. The Japanese
steamer Kaga Maru, inbound from Yo
kohama, is stormbound in the Straits. A
wireless message received here from the
steamer at 5 P. M. says she has put into
Freshwater Bay to shelter, owing to a
heavy storm, with blinding snow.
"The House of Bond
age" at Heilig
81r Vincent Meredyth
Lady Joan Meredyth
Paul Bert rand Thurlow Bergen
The Duches of Banff
Gwendolyn Mary Bertrand
Dr. Roland ........HaJlet Bosworth
Cairn .. Harry Glbb
BY ARTHUR A. GREENE.
JUST what sort of a conspiracy the
elements could foment to cheat Flor
ence Roberts out of the hearing her pre
eminent talents of right demand, I hesi
tate to speculate upon. With the weather
unspeakably forbidding and the ctty's
transportation system paralyzed. It was
a most agreeable disappointment that an
audience of creditable size and unusual
intelligence went to the playhouse to see
this brilliant artist and her splendidly
balanced little company in "The House of
Bondage." Both performance and play
well repaid one the difficulties surmount
ed to be at the hearing.
To begin with, the title of Miss Roberts'
latest piece is an inspiration and the
Seymour Obermer drama in the by and
large interprets its title to the uttermost.
Miss Roberts is such a thorough insti
tution here, her art has been so thor
oughly time-tried and quality-tested that
it were needless utterance of words to
say that she plays her newest role with
rare perspicuity, the best of all that a
thorough training may bring In the mat
ter of dramatla expression and the feel
ing which she commands as positively
perhaps as any woman on our stage.
The public Is exacting of Florence Roberts
because we know we have the right to
expect something which has nothing in
common with mediocrity. In the person
ation of the elusive character of Lady
Joan Meredyth, she has added another
to the long list of personal triumphs she
has achieved. I have seen her play prac
tically everything in her repertoire, have
studied her -work as dispassionately as a
friend might for a number of years and
am now prepared to say that her under
standing of the purport of "The House
of Bondage" Is complete and that her
adaptability of those splendid gifts of dis
sembling which she practices consum
mately. Is equal to the highest quality of
work she has ever done. Since her mem
orable New York success of two Winters
ago, she has acquired a confidence and
poise which greatly enhances the effect
iveness of her acting.
This season she haa, thanks to John
Cort, her manager, and herself, surround
ed herself with a. select little organiza
tion .that leaves not much if anything to
be desired for the playing of the play.
Thurlow Bergen, a favorite of standing
here, is doing admirable work as Ber
trand, the distinguished surgeon. It Is
not a conspicuous part, considering Its
importance, and is the more difficult to
give, because of Its negativeness. Mr.
Bergen is never at a loss and avoids the
several pitfalls which are laid for him In
the hope that he make a knockers' holi
day by overacting. Admirable Is the
only definition of the efforts of Arthur
Forrest, as the cynical, self-contained,
masterful Sir Vincent. He suggests John
Mason, without in any way being an imi
tator. He Is new to this stage, save that
he once came here with Mansfield, but we
are much beholden to know him and
wish him an oft return. The remaining
members of the small cast are adequate
to the demands.
As to the play Itself, most people who
cling to the things artistically, as they
should, and not as they are, will praise
It with reservations. It deals in a some
what novel manner with the atrocious
divorce laws of England. Instead of the
proverbial "triangle" there Is a full
quadrangle. Miss Roberts plays the role
of a woman with ideals and Illusions
married to a man who Is devoured with
political ambition and his own conceit.
Sir Vincent represents a type of the
blackguard which, while not common, for
tunately, exists in all large and complex
communities. He is a member of Parlia
ment with ambitions for the' Cabrtiet, in
which he is encouraged and abetted by
a certain duchess of unconventional mor
als, with whom he has carried on a laison
of years' standing. The wife nnds her
love straying in the direction of a surgeon
who has, in spite of the fact" that he Is
at the top of his profession and a marvel
of scientific accomplishments, a dreamer
of good dreams, like herself. The in
evitable almost happens. Then Dr. Ber
trand Is called upon to perform a most
difficult operation on the head of Sir
Vincent, and stands face to face with
the temptation to do for the statesman
what retribution has long held in store
for his flagrant violations of life's de
cencies. Instead, he restores him and
leaves him with a seat in the Cabinet,
his life's ambition satisfied through the
lobbying of the duchess, while his wife
receives the encouraging promise from
him that he will Influence the British di
vorce laws so that she may secure a- di
vorce and marry the doctor.
The play Is talky at times, oratorical,
I might better say. There are three or
more situations in which one has only
to close his eyes and Imagine the 12 more
or less Intelligent creatures who do God's
will on earth, listening to the fervid plead
ings of the advocate for the defense. The
denouement Is weak. In that the sinning
man goes merrily on his way with his
Inamorata while the woman, who has
been badly treated, and the man she loves
but has kept on his side of the line, get
nothing more definite than a hazy promise
that the laws of the realm may be altered
for their express use and benefit. "The
House of Bondage" has much merit and
many shortcomings. Its author Is clear
ly a disciple of Ibsen and tha play la
typical of what an Englishman accom
plishes when he attempts to follow the
(Scandinavian Shakespeare. The play is
not worthy the talents of Miss Roberts,
but as an exhibition of the art of acting
Its performance is a thoroughly recom
pensing entertainment. There will be per
formances until Sunday night, including
a Saturday matinee.
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SNOW BLANKET IS
Zero Weather East of Cas
cades and Temperature of
9.5 in Portland.
COLUMBIA BLOCKED BY ICE
Nine Inches of Snow In City Hood
River and The Dalles Report Two
Feet Snow Foot Deep in Sa
lem Rain South of Eugene. '
(Continued From First Page.)
feet 6 Inches above low water, and six
Inches more will flood tho lower end j
of the dock, A rise of four or five
feet will be required to flood the low
lands. Local Observer Baldwin antici
pates a rapid and extreme rise when
the snow begins to melt. City authori
ties are busy clearing drains so that
street flooding will be reduced to a
TWO FEET SXOW AT DALLES
Temperature 8 Above and City Is
Practically in Darkness.
THB DALLES, Or., Jan. 7. (Special.)
Although the high wind has subsided,
snow has fallen almost continuously since
Tuesday morning. S. L. Brooks, the local
weather forecaster, reported a fall of two
feet up to noon today, the heaviest during
January in this city for 16 years. The
thermometer stood at 8 degrees above
zero, and continued snow Is predicted for
All trains today were behind schedule
time. No. 2, due here at 12:01 o'clock, was
snowbound for six hours about 40 miles
west of this city, 'arriving here at 6 P.
M. The storm put the local electric light
plant out of commission about 9 o'clock
this morning. Water power is used and
the White River, tho source of the supply,
Is frozen and jammed with ice nnd snow.
The city is practically In darkness to
night, with no relief in sight.
A fall of 23 Inches of snow was reported
at Dufur at 9 o'clock this morning and
the thermometer registered 2 degrees be
low zero at Tygh Valley.
HOOD RIVER SUFFERS GREATLY
Trains Late and Bnsiness Activities
Almost at StandstilL
HOOD RIVER, Or., Jan. 7. (Spe
cial.) The worst snow storm and cold
snap experienced In many years at
Hood River continues unabated. All
trains today were late. The Overland
Limited, eastbound, due here at 11:20
this morning, arrived at 5 o'clock this
afternoon, having run into a drift at
r,nAn,o Tnr nrinpq arA helnfir used
to pull the trains through the heavy i
The thermometer today has stood be
tween 7 and 10 above zero, and much
difficulty has been experienced In
keeping the valves on the water tanks
along the railroad from freezing.
Water pipes in many houses are re
ported frozen, and from two to three
feet of snow blocks country roads. The
ferry from here to White Salmon had
to be abandoned today because of Ice In
the Columbia River. The wind and
heavy fall of snow prevented rural
mallcarriers from covering their
routes. The streets were deserted with
the exception of those who were forced
to go out, and business is almost at a
ASTORIA EXJOYS SLEIGHIXG
FIr6t Snow in Two Years Low
Temperature on North Bank.
ASTORIA, Or., Jan. 7. (Special.)
Astoria had its first snow storm today
for over two years, and the heaviest
one for a decade. The light flurry
which commenced last evening devel
oped Into a heavy snow fall this morn
ing, and by noon the ground was cov
ered to a depth of fully four Inches.
In the Deep River and Grays River dis
tricts, on the north side of the Colum
bia, the snow fall was nearly two feet,
and the mercury In unregistered ther
mometers there dropped yesterday to
13 degrees above zero.
At an early hour this morning the
thermometer at the Weather Bureau
registered 25 degrees. Later in the day
it rose to 29, and at 5 o'clock this
evening it was 28 degrees, the same as
at the corresponding time last even
ing. The lowest temperature during
the past 48 hours was 25 degrees above,
and the highest was 30.
SEATTLE IS IX FOR A SIEGE
No Signs of Abatement, Though Lit
tle Damage Has Been Done.
SEATTLE, Wash.. Jan. 7. (Special.)
With the temperature at 17 above and
snow lightly falling tonight. Weather Ob
server Salisbury can see no sign of an
abatement of the cold snap. Altogether,
he estimates the snowfall here haa been
five Inches. Street car traffic, however,
has not been disturbed, and the trains are
keeping close to their schedules.
The Seartle-Tacoma lnterurban was
stalled for an hour this morning by snow,
but later was able to make Its retrular
time. No suffering has been reported In
the city. Young people In crowds are
skating on the big city reservoir near
Green Lake. A few sleighs are making
their appearance on the streets. Traffic
generally la feasible on wheels, however.
ETJGEXE DOES NOT FEAR FLOOD
Rain Oases and Later Turns to
EUGENE, Or., Jan. 7. (Special.) The
weather has moderated considerably dur
ing the last 30 hours. Yesterday afternoon
the Ice on the walks melted, and during
the night a heavy rain set in. It was
feared for a time that this might endan
ger a flood; but the rain stopped early
in the day, and at noon the river had
reached only the 11-foot mark, having
risen three feet since dark last night.
Thia evening Is colder and at 7:30 a light
snow began falling.
KS'LAND EMPIRE IS COVERED
Zero Weather Is Made More Severe
by Biting East Wind.
SPOKANE, Wrash.. Jan. 7. (Special.)
Two degrees' below zero was the lowest
temperature recorded today, with1 the
highest 6 above. Approximately six
Inches more snow fell, making a foot
.in... tv,e ctnrm hpian. These conditions
obtain within a radius of 50 miles.
In the Palouse region, with few ex
ceptions, the thermometer registers
about 2 degrees lower than yesterday at
all points. Snow continues to fall there,
the fall being general In a large part
of the Inland Empire. Wind adds to
the discomfort, blowing from the east
during the day and from the southeast
All trains are delayed, those from St.
Paul being as much as 15 hours late In
some Instances. No blockades except
In the Dakotas and Montana are re
ported. - '
The snow is light and easily handled
with plows. Streetcar service Is much
Improved. A blizzard rages In North
Idaho, the snowfall averaging eight
Inches, with zero weather.- Grain is now
well protected. Livestock have food and
shelter in plenty.
HEAVIEST FALL- IX TEX YEARS
Walla Walla Has Seven Inches of
Snow, Two Degrees Below Zero.
WALLA WALLA, Wash., Jan. 7. (Spe
cial.) Exceeding any snowfall recorded in
this city during the past ten years, there
Is a depth of seven inches of snow on the
ground tonight. On January 8, 1S99, a
snowfall of 14 Inches was recorded and
resulted from -several days' fall.
A temperature of two degrees below
zero at 9 o'clock this morning shows the
coldest weather in tho city for Ave years.
rr,m u ,iiarv for the year
lSflO discloses the fact there was a depth
of 20 inches of snow in this city January
14 and on January 6 the temperature was
13 degrees below zero. At a late hour
tonight snow is still falling.
FROZEN' TO DEATH IX CAB IX
British Columbian Succumbs Alone
BELUNGH.MiI, Jan. 7. With the mer
cury hovering around the zero mark,
Bellinsbam and Northwest Washington
ere shivering in the worst cold wave ex-
t ismnrv 1S9:1. when 14
below was registered. At Sumas, on tne
Canadian border, M mue uuuuci
here, 10 below was recorded last night.
At Anacortes, 15 miles south, the schools
have been dismissed and - lumber and
shingle mills have been compelled to
John Davis was frozen to death in his
cabin at Noons, eight miles north of this
city, last night. Ho was 68 years old
and had been 111.
3IODERATES AT VANCOUVER
Slight Improvement in Weather Is
Reported From There.
VANCOUVER, Wash., Jan. 7. (Spe
cial.) The streetcar service was tied up
until noon today. Tho company cleured
seven miles of track by using the county
road grader with "four horses. Thirteen
and seven tenths Inches of snow have
fallen here according to A, A. Zuarnbery,
the Government weather observer, and
the temperature tonight Is 14 degrees
above zero. The Columbia above Cape
Horn is frozen tight. The ice at that
point Is piling up on the sand bars. The
river at Vancouver is filled with Ice two
feet thick, but the Ice Is still moving.
TEX IXCHES DEEP IX TACOMA
Fuel Dealers Short of Supply.
Streetcars Have Trouble.
TACOMA, Wash., Jan. 7. (Specials
Today the mercury registered 16.7 above.
The snow, which has been falling al
most steadily since 4 o'clock yesterday
morning, still continues, and at 6 o'clock
today Id inches had fallen and it looks
as If all records for a continuous snow
fall are to be broken.
Farmers Rejoicing in Baker.
BAKER CITY, Or., Jan, 7. (Special.)
With a maximum temperature at 20 de
grees, and minimum temperature at 10,
for the past 48 hours, and with snow fall
ing the greater portion of that time.
Baker City and community are experienc
ing what Is konwn as Ideal Winter
weather In Eastern Oregon. No damage
has been done to anything in this sec
tion. Ranchers are happier today than
for months. The snow tells a story of
heavy crops next season. A warm wind
melted the snow rapidly today until near
ly noon, when it became chilled, freezing
the slush into ice.
More Snow In Rogue.
GRANTS PASS, or., Jan. 7. (Spe
cial.) All Rogue River Valley has en
joyed a pleasant Winter temperature
for the past 48 hours. J. B. Paddock,
the Government observatory man,
gave out the following: Maximum
temperature 61. minimum 38; rainfall
2.29 Inches; maximum temperature for
week 68, minimum temperature 36;
rainfall 6.62. Tonight rain has ceased,
with a rising temperature, and no snow
has fallen m the mountains in any ap
Roseburg Escapes Storm.
ROSEBURG, Or., Jan. 7. (Special.)
Roseburg has so tar escaped he storm
which has been sweeping most of Oregon
the past few days. No snow has fallen,
although about 0.84 Inch of rain has fallen.
The maximum temperature for the past
48 hours was 49, and the minimum for
the same time was S3. Enough rain fell
to raise the creeks and rivers throughout
the county, but not enough to do any
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DOWN TO SPEAKER
Bowerman's Election Assured,
Attention Now Turns to
Fight in House.
M'ARTHUR HAS GOOD LEAD
With Abbott's Support Added, Mult
nomah Man Has 21 Votes
Pledged of 30 Xecessury
for Flnnl Choice. j .
With organization of tho Oregon Sen
ate next Monday in Salem settled in ad
vance by election of Bowerman, of Gil
liam. President, the fight for control
of the House of Representatives now
monopolizes political attention. Eighteen
Republican Senators are pledged to cau
cus for selection of President itnd, 17 of
them are supporting Bowerman. Tho
18th man, Kay, of Marion, like the
others, will be a supporter of the Gil
liam candidate. Sixteen votes 'will elect
In the House 30 votes will elect the)
Speaker, owing to the sickness of B
dillian. Democrat, of Coos, who is In
San Francisco and may not attend tho
session. With all 60 of the House mem
bers attending, 31 votes would be needed
to elect the Speaker.
Twenty-eight Votes for Caucus.
This 30" majority is claimed as another
advantage for McArthur, the leading
candidate for the Republican caucus
nomination for Speaker. Already 28
Representatives are pledged to caucus
and it does not seem likely that the
Statement opposition can control enough
votes to prevent a Republican caucus of
between 30 and 35 Reupblican members,
perhaps more. The 28 caucus men thus
far are the following:
Supporters of McArthur (21) Farrell,
Brady, Abbott and McArthur, of Mult
nomah; McKlnney, of Baker; Brooke, of
Malheur; Mann, of Umatilla; Mahoney,
of Morrow; Belknap, of Crook; Dodds,
of Wasco; Illncs, Greer and Meek, of
Washington; Bones, of Yamhill; Beals,
of Tillamook; Hawley, of Polk; Rey
nolds and Hughes, of Marlon; Applegate
and Smith, of Douglas; Muncy, of Coos.
Supporters of McCue (3V McCue and
Leinenwfrber, of Clatsop; Bonebrake, of
Four Members Are Unpledged.
Unattached (4) Clemens, of Multno
mah; Carter, of Wasco; Brattain, of
Klamath: Coneyers, of Columbia.
In addition to these 28 are several
others who have announced themselves
In favor of caucus, but have not pledged
themselves to It: Bean and Calkins, of
Lane; Buchanan, of Douglas. There
are still others In the Statement camp
who are leaning toward caucus, and it
would not be surprising if any or all
of them should go in in selecting the
Speaker by that method: Rusk, of Wal
lowa; Richardson, of Union; Mariner, of
Sherman; Eaton, of Lane.
Anti-caucus members of the Statement
camp will hold a meeting tonight for the
purpose of naming their choice for
Speaker, to be elected by themselves and
the eight Democratic members of the
House. Followers of McCue, anti
Statement member from Clatsop, were
hoping yesterday that the Statement
members, feeling themselves unable to
elect one of their own number, would
go to McCue for the purpose of defeat
ing McArthur by means of anti-Statement
votes. But this plan would be be
set by Jealousies in the Statement camp,
since Campbell and Patton are rivals
for Speaker In the Statement camp, and
Campbell especially would have to be
reckoned with in taking up a candidate
from outside the statement ranks.
Caucus Favored by Applegate.
Applegate, of Douglas, was one of tha
Representatives yesterday sought after
by the Statement forces, but he disap
pointed them by Joining tho Republican
caucus. It Is generally expected that he
will be a supporter of McArthur, Apple
gate was taken in tow by Patton. Orton
and Libby and treated to a Bourne din
ner, but that was not sufficient to make
him forget his hostility to Statement One.
Another development of yesterday was
Abbott's announcement of support to
McArthur. making 21 avowed votes' for
Among tho outside legislators In Port
land yesterday were: Senators Bower
man, Bingham, Parrish, Merryman,
Chase and Re; -esentatives Patton, Lib
by, Carter, Applegate, Buchanan,
Hughes,' Beals. Jones of Douglas, Jones
of Polk, McKlnney, Mann, McCue and
Port of Astoria Officers Elected.
ASTORIA, Or.. Jan. 7. (Speciul.) Tha
port of Astoria CommiHsion held a meet
ing Wednesday evening and organized by
the election of the following ofilcers:
President, G. Wingate; vice-president, C.
H. Cullender; secretary, J. A. Eakln;
treasurer, S. S. GordotK
has a legal right to good